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The semifinals for the 12-goal category were defined last Saturday when Pitirri El Palenque, possibly the best team of the category, won once again beating out La Potranca 13-10. Today, Pitirri will face Costasur; while La Potranca will do the same with Casa de Campo. Lechuza Caracas defeated HB Polo on Saturday, continuing to be the only undefeated team of this year’s polo challenge. The Gold Cup finals are TOMORROW, Saturday, March 25th at 4:30 pm in Casa de Campo, and will be broadcast on ESPN +.
Sebucan HPA and Casa de Campo went head to head in the 22-goal Gold Cup on Sunday, March 19th in Casa de Campo; the game started out well for Sebucan HPA, who were leading 2-0 by the end of the first chukka, but Casa de Campo quickly revised their strategy and tied the game (2-2) in the second. From then on, Casa de Campo extended the goal difference gradually, making it to half-time with a 6-3 advantage. The game ended 10-6 in favor of Casa de Campo. More games in the 22-goal category continued yesterday: HB Polo faced off against Cinque Terre on Field 3 of Casa de Campo at 2 p.m., and at 4:30 pm at Lechuza Field 1, Lechuza played Casa de Campo.
Yesterday’s games started to define the Gold Cup Finals. The defining stage of the Gold Cup, the third installment of the Polo Challenge RD 2017, began yesterday with a match between Cinque Terre and HB Polo. The latter, who had a great performance during the tournament, seems to have lost confidence after their first loss to Lechuza Caracas last Saturday. Cinque Terre played its best game, taking the lead in the first chukka. By the end of the second period, they had extended the gap by three goals, 6-3. This continued throughout the game, and for half time, they were on top 7-4. The game ended 11-8 in favor of the Italian team. Unfortunately, the second game of the day had to be suspended due to adverse weather conditions and was scheduled for this morning at 11:30 a.m.
The Polo Challenge RD continues TODAY in the 12 goal category – the semifinals will be carried out as follows:
Pitirri-El Palenque vs. Costasur – 2:30 p.m. in Casa de Campo Field 1
Casa de Campo vs. La Potranca – 2:30 p.m. in Lechuza Caracas Field 2
Whereas, the teams are yet to be determined for the Gold Cup finals, we do know that just like last year, Chantal del Pino will perform at the After-Polo Party! Good luck to all who are still in the running for the finals!
Gold Cup Finals Schedule Saturday, March 25th:
- Subsidiary Finals 2:30pm
- Finals 4:30pm
- After-Polo with Chantal del Pino
Gold Cup Finals Schedule Sunday, March 26th:
- Subsidiary Finals
The Polo Challenge RD
Polo Challenge RDThe Polo Challenge represents Polo’s first high season in Central America and the Caribbean based in the Dominican Republic. The series of 4 tournaments of up to 22 goals is made during the months of January to April and is conformed by: Gold Cup, Silver Cup, Bronze Cup and Caribbean Open.
Casa de Campo, Los Establos / Cap Cana and Lechuza are the 3 chosen venues, with first level courts prepared to receive players of the size of the 10 handicap goals. The Polo Challenge is an event for the whole family that inaugurates its first season in January 2016.